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Mesothelioma claims can be filed to demand compensation from the manufacturers of asbestos products. Mesothelioma victims and their family members may be able to file a personal injury, wrongful death, or asbestos trust fund claim with the help of an experienced attorney. Learn more about the claims process and how Mesothelioma Hope can connect you with top legal representation.

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What Are Mesothelioma Claims?

Mesothelioma claims are a type of legal action to pursue compensation from manufacturers of asbestos-containing products.

These manufacturers realized the dangers of their products in the early 1930s, but hid the truth to continue making profits. When the general public discovered that asbestos caused deadly diseases in the early 1980s, thousands of people filed legal claims against these manufacturers.

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Arthur and Jan Putt’s lives were changed forever after Arthur’s mesothelioma diagnosis in 2018. Thankfully, they found peace of mind by working with Simmons Hanly Conroy, a national mesothelioma law firm. Call (866) 608-8933 today to request your free case review. View Transcript.

Duration: 4 min 21 sec

Arthur Putt:
What we do every night, we sit together and we’ll watch TV, and then at 07:00, we have our ice cream

Jan Putt:
My name is Jan Putt. I’m married to Art who was diagnosed with mesothelioma in April 2018. Originally,
the doctor said he would have possibly six months to a year, and that was four years ago. So I love him. I
still got him.

Arthur Putt:
I feel sorry for somebody that loses someone and they don’t have that time to say what they think or
last or how they feel. We do it every day, and it has been that way even before this happened. We did
everything together, remodeling our homes and stuff like that, her woodworking.

Jan Putt:
We used to go out for long drives, just go out sightseeing, and we’d be gone for four or five hours.

Arthur Putt:
We never get tired of being together.

Jan Putt:
His very early symptoms were just a very light hacky cough, and I couldn’t get him to go to see the
doctor until it got a little worse one day and he decided maybe he needed to go see somebody. They did
a X-ray and they thought he had pneumonia, but the radiologist wasn’t happy with that and wanted
more tests. So they did some scans, and that was the first time they said he had mesothelioma.

Arthur Putt:
It was kind of good to know that there was no cure for it in a way. I was able to make the best out of my
life from that point on. We just got positive about it, that I was lucky to have time, to spend quality time
with her and say what I wanted to say, and not just all of a sudden be gone. So we cherish every day of

I really wasn’t much of a mechanic at first. I got a job at a service station. We did a lot of brakes. That
was probably our, besides tune-up, that was our next busiest thing. We had done it the old-fashioned
way and we had dust everywhere.

Jan Putt:
We filed a mesothelioma lawsuit because we had family members and stuff that encouraged us to do it.
Our daughter in Indiana knew somebody that had worked with Simmons Hanly Conroy and had had a
very good experience.
Come on in.

John Barnerd:
It’s so good to see you.

Jan Putt:
John first came here and we had several meetings with him and crowds of people at times.

John Barnerd:
Within about nine or 10 months, I think from when we had filed the case-ts

Arthur Putt:
We had four settlement jury verdict, and only one we had to go to court for. The one thing that shocked
and amazed me was when they called me in to see them. I walked in there and it must have been 8, 10
lawyers in there all working on this thing.

What he did for us, made our financial situation a whole lot better. We gave all that money to our kids,
paid our house off. It made our life a little easier. We’ve got no financial worries, and that makes it
easier for me to know that she’s taken care of, and we have John and his firm to thank for all that.
What I tell people, is it’s the one good thing that came out of something bad. I can’t say how miserable
this would be without him and what he did and his firm, and his family as far as we’re concerned.

Compensation from a mesothelioma case can cover medical costs and other related expenses.

These expenses include:

  • Lost wages if the victim can no longer work
  • Medications
  • Surgeries
  • Travel costs

Asbestos compensation claims also force manufacturers to take responsibility for their actions, which affected millions of people over several decades.

If you or a loved one developed pleural or peritoneal mesothelioma or another asbestos-related illness, you may qualify for compensation from an asbestos trust fund. Find out if you are eligible today.

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Types of Mesothelioma Claims

There are several types of mesothelioma claims to consider based on your specific case. Your lawyer can help determine which type of claim to file.

Learn more about the types of asbestos exposure claims below.

Personal Injury Claims

Victims of mesothelioma can file a personal injury claim. Your claim must prove that the asbestos-containing products made by the asbestos manufacturers caused your illness.

Your personal injury mesothelioma claim must include:

  • A medical diagnosis of mesothelioma
  • A doctor’s written statement linking your diagnosis to asbestos exposure
  • Work history (if you worked at a company that used asbestos-containing products)
  • Product history (if you used a product that contained asbestos)

Once your personal injury claim has been submitted, your mesothelioma lawsuit will begin. Your lawyer will work to get compensation from manufacturers by building a strong case to reach an out-of-court settlement or an in-court trial verdict. Most claims are settled before they go to trial.

Money from personal injury lawsuits may cover the costs of medical treatments and other expenses, such as the emotional toll brought by a mesothelioma diagnosis.

If your loved one has passed away from an asbestos-related disease, you may be able to file an asbestos claim after their death.

A mesothelioma wrongful death claim aims to hold major manufacturers of asbestos-containing products accountable for the victim’s death.

Mesothelioma compensation for family members can help pay the victim’s past medical bills and other related expenses, such as funeral costs and emotional damages.

Asbestos Trust Fund Claims

If you were exposed to asbestos-containing materials and developed mesothelioma, you may be eligible to file an asbestos trust fund claim.

Many asbestos companies could not keep up with the number of lawsuits being filed against them, so they declared bankruptcy. The courts required them to establish asbestos bankruptcy trusts to compensate future victims.

Today, there is an estimated $30 billion available in asbestos trust funds. Work with an experienced mesothelioma lawyer to ensure your mesothelioma fund claim is filed correctly and in a timely manner.

Get a free legal consultation today to check your eligibility for a mesothelioma claim.

Mesothelioma Claim Amounts

The amount of money awarded from a mesothelioma cancer claim can vary depending on your specific case and which type of claim is filed.

Learn more about the average recoveries for each type of mesothelioma claim below.

Asbestos Trust Fund Claims

Asbestos claim payouts typically award around $180,000 to mesothelioma victims, according to the RAND Institute of Civil Justice. However, trusts also need to keep funds available to pay future claimants, so they may only be able to pay a percentage of what they actually owe to current claimants.

Mesothelioma Settlements

The average mesothelioma settlement awards around $1 million. Mesothelioma settlement amounts can vary depending on your case.

Around 95% of mesothelioma claims will result in a settlement.

Mesothelioma Trial Verdicts

Trial verdict amounts depend on whether the court finds the manufacturers of asbestos-based products responsible for your disease. If the court rules in your favor, you may be able to win millions of dollars. Trial verdict amounts are often even higher than settlement amounts. However, you may not win any money at all if they do not rule in your favor.

It is important to note that the amount of compensation varies from case to case in asbestos litigation. You may receive more or less compensation from your asbestos case. Contact a top mesothelioma lawyer to learn more about your potential case value.

How to File a Mesothelioma Claim

For best results, you need to work with an experienced attorney to file an asbestos claim. Your legal team will help you during the entire mesothelioma claims process to build and strengthen your claim.

The mesothelioma claims process generally follows these three steps:

  • Gather evidence: This evidence may include medical records and work history to show how asbestos exposure caused the victim to develop mesothelioma.
  • Determine liability: Successful claims trace mesothelioma back to the manufacturers of asbestos-containing products. For example, the asbestos victim may have worked for one of these companies or used the asbestos-based products they made.
  • File the claim: Mesothelioma compensation claims can be filed if the companies in question are still in business, or if they established asbestos trust funds.

Without the help of a skilled asbestos attorney, simple mistakes in the filing process can derail your claim and delay payment.

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Statute of Limitations on Mesothelioma Claims

It’s important to make sure you file your mesothelioma claim within your state’s statute of limitations – a law that places a time limit on how long you have to file an asbestos claim.

Statutes of limitations vary by state, with most limiting mesothelioma claims to 2-3 years after a mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer, or another asbestos-related disease diagnosis.

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Work with an experienced mesothelioma law firm to file your claim within the deadline, as statutes of limitations can vary significantly with each case due to different laws and other factors.

For example, if you were exposed to asbestos in one state but now live in another, you may need to file your claim within the first state’s statute of limitations.

Asbestos lawyers can help you and your family navigate the laws in your state. Even if the statute of limitations has expired, you should contact a lawyer to see what other legal options are still available.

Mesothelioma Insurance Claims and Other Benefits

There are other ways to receive compensation for mesothelioma besides legal claims. Mesothelioma patients may be able to file several different types of insurance claims or collect benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Learn more about other types of asbestos claims and benefits below.

Insurance Claims

Those with mesothelioma often qualify for insurance payouts since this type of cancer requires intensive and costly medical treatment.

Types of mesothelioma insurance claims include:

  • Medicare and Medicaid: These government-run insurance programs cover health care expenses for seniors and people with low household incomes, respectively. These programs may or may not cover all the expenses associated with mesothelioma.
  • Private insurance: Over 66% of the U.S. population had private health insurance as of 2020, according to the Census Bureau. Mesothelioma victims should see what their policy covers to determine how much money they will need to pay out of pocket.
  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI): This government-sponsored form of insurance is available to those under the age of 65, provided they have worked long enough to qualify.

Though not every expense may be covered, these insurance programs can provide compensation to help victims afford mesothelioma treatment and cover other medical expenses.

Workers’ Compensation Claims

Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance for employees who are injured on the job. Workers who were exposed to asbestos while at work may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim for mesothelioma.

However, this type of claim can actually limit the compensation a victim may receive from a settlement or a trial verdict through liens. Liens allow the insurers who fund workers’ compensation to get a cut of any money awarded through legal action.

To learn more about workers’ compensation claims and how it affects other forms of compensation you may receive, consult with a mesothelioma attorney.

VA Benefits

The U.S. military used many asbestos-containing products without knowing their dangers from the 1930s to the early 1980s. As a result, many veterans developed mesothelioma due to exposure during their time of military service. Veterans can file for VA compensation benefits for their asbestos exposure.

VA benefits include:

  • Disability compensation
  • Extra compensation to afford in-home care and other health needs
  • Medical care from VA-affiliated mesothelioma doctors
  • Survivor benefits for spouses and loved ones

Filing a mesothelioma VA claim can be challenging and time-consuming, but mesothelioma lawyers can help you gather the right information to file a claim.

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The manufacturers of asbestos-containing products knew they were putting hardworking people in harm’s way. Sadly, they continued to make and sell their goods for decades without disclosing the health risks.

These companies should be held responsible for their actions – and pay for medical treatment and other expenses – if you developed mesothelioma from their products.

Filing an asbestos claim can help you recover the financial compensation you deserve and need to pay medical bills and other expenses. By winning money from a mesothelioma claim, you can rest assured knowing you and your family will be financially secure in the future.

Get a free legal consultation today to check your eligibility for a mesothelioma claim.

Mesothelioma Claims FAQs

Who can file a mesothelioma claim?

Anyone who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma may be able to file a claim. Since asbestos is the only known cause of mesothelioma, your claim must prove that your condition was caused by asbestos exposure.

Family members and estate representatives may also be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit after their loved one passes away from mesothelioma.

It is important to file your claim within the mesothelioma statute of limitations, however, you should contact a lawyer to learn about your legal rights and options.

What is the average settlement for an asbestos claim?

Although mesothelioma claim amounts can vary depending on several factors pertaining to each case, the average mesothelioma settlement is around $1 million.

The best way to estimate your case value is to get a free case review from an experienced asbestos lawyer.

How much money is available in asbestos trust funds?

Currently, there is over $30 billion available in asbestos trust fund compensation for mesothelioma victims to access.

Asbestos trust fund payout amounts can vary depending on the type of trust, but the average payout is around $180,000.

How long does a mesothelioma claim take?

The payout timeline depends on the type of claim.

For example, some people start to receive compensation within 90 days of settling a mesothelioma claim. But the length of this process can vary, especially depending on which manufacturers of asbestos-containing products you filed against.

A lawyer can explain the legal process and give you a better estimate as to how long your mesothelioma claim will take. Get a free legal consultation to learn more today.

How much is a mesothelioma case worth?

There is no exact answer as to how much a mesothelioma case is worth. Mesothelioma claim amounts vary depending on the specifics of each case and which type of claim people file.

For example, mesothelioma settlement awards tend to be around $1 million. Trial verdicts are often larger (if the court rules in your favor).

Some notable 2022 mesothelioma trial verdicts include:

  • $50 million to a California woman who said she developed mesothelioma from using asbestos-tainted talc products manufactured by Avon
  • $6 million to the family of a Missouri woman who died of mesothelioma after working on asbestos-laden brakes manufacturer by Ford

How do you prove a mesothelioma claim?

To prove a mesothelioma claim, asbestos victims first need a medical diagnosis of mesothelioma.

Other vital evidence often includes the victim’s:

  • Employment records, if occupational exposure is alleged
  • History of working with asbestos products
  • Medical records
  • Military service records, if applicable

A lawyer who specializes in asbestos litigation can help you prove a mesothelioma claim.

Contact our team at (866) 608-8933 today to get started.

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Melissa Crowe Schopfer is a partner at Simmons Hanly Conroy. Over the past 10 years, Melissa has worked on over 500 cases and recovered more than $100 million in settlements and trial verdicts on behalf of her clients. She has represented families impacted by mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases in almost every state.

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